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December 2015

General

Shear Joy

December 31, 2015

My husband, Gilbert, and I have been blessed with three beautiful daughters. Our eldest daughter, Holland, (almost 8) has had lovely, long hair for the past few years, but this summer she told me she wanted me to give her a short haircut…using her Great Grandpa’s shears. I wouldn’t say that cutting hair is something I’m good at or have had much practice with, but I was willing to give it a try and my husband said we could take…

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Baking

What to Serve a Queen for Tea

December 31, 2015

“The Victoria sponge, also known as the Victoria sandwich or Victorian Cake, was named after Queen Victoria, who was known to enjoy a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea.” – Wikipedia Today I made a “Sponge Cakes” recipe which I found in Great Grandma Mary Etta’s cookbook – taken from The Settlement Cookbook – “The Way to a Man’s Heart” – I wrote about in my previous post. Beat 3 eggs until light, add a few grains…

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General

The Virtues We Admire in Others

December 30, 2015

The other day I had a little accident…I managed to sprain my ankle while getting coffee at Starbucks. I was wearing sunglasses and didn’t notice the slight step-down coming out of the coffee shop and somehow half-missed the step and twisted my ankle…fell on the pavement outside…coffee flying everywhere…you get the whole embarrassing picture. I sat there on the pavement for a few moments…assuring everyone calmly that I was fine. A lovely lady helped me into a nearby chair, helped…

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General

Adopt a Great Grandma

December 24, 2015

When I was quite young (2 or 3 years old), I thought that a “grandma” was a lady with white curly hair. I suppose because I didn’t have any living grandmas of my own, I didn’t quite make the connection initially that it had to do with a woman having grandchildren. I did eventually come to realize this, of course, as I grew older and wiser. What makes a grandma a “grandma” though – really? Or a grandpa, a “grandpa”?…

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Main Course

She Brings Her Food From Afar

December 24, 2015

Great Grandma Mary Etta had little space in her journal to record each day’s happenings and used probably as many characters to convey her message as one would use in a modern-day “tweet” (which can be only 140 characters, at max.) On this particular snowy day in February, 1935, my grandfather, Eric U. Edstrom, Sr., is mentioned as having come for supper. He lived to be in his 80s, so I may be certain he “came” for dinner this day…

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Baking

First Impressions

December 23, 2015

I’ve come to realize that my great grandma was a real person. I guess that sounds funny, but I relate it to how I felt the first time I flew from the USA to Amsterdam; I remember, as we were landing, thinking, “So, Europe really does exist!” It’s easy to just hear of someone, something, someplace, but it isn’t real to you until you’ve really met them, or experienced it, or been there. Here are my impressions thus far: Great…

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Main Course

Best of Both Worlds Mince Pie

December 22, 2015

In my last post, I said I would make a mince pie recipe from great grandma Mary Etta’s cookbook. Well, I searched and searched, but to no avail! There simply is no mince pie recipe in her cookbook. I did find in her journal – an entry from June 26, 1935 – where she mentions having mince pie, but whether she made it, or bought it, I don’t know. Also what kind of mince pie it was is a mystery…was…

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